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"Astronomical Horizons" Public Lecture Series Schedule 2016-2017

This lecture series held at the Abrams Planetarium surveys the latest developments in astronomy. Astronomical Horizons is offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy through its Astronomy & Astrophysics group and Abrams Planetarium. Each talk begins at 7:30 p.m. and there is no charge for admission.


  • September 22, 2016 "Connecting the First Stars to the Milky Way"
    Brian O'Shea, Associate Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics and Graduate Director, Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering


  • October 20, 2016 "Sample Return from Asteroids and Mars: Promise, Progress and Prospects"
    Michael Velbel, Professor, Geological Sciences


  • November 17, 2016 "Radiation from the Big Bang — What We Learned About the Birth of the Universe Since the Discovery of the Radiation 50 Years Ago"
    Ed Loh, Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics


  • January 19, 2017 "Do Black Holes Merge in Globular Clusters?"
    Steve Zepf, Professor and Associate Chair for Astronomy & Astrophysics


  • February 16, 2017 "The Great American Eclipse: Getting Ready for August 2017"
    Shannon Schmoll, Director, Abrams Planetarium


  • March 16, 2017 "Dark Matter and Beyond: The Future of the Large Hadron Collider"
    Reinhard Schweinhorst, Associate Professor, Experimental High Energy Physics


  • April 20, 2017 "A Human Expedition to Mars: Why It Is So Difficult and What We Are Doing About It"
    Steve Kozlowski, Professor, Psychology